What else do you need to know about trampolines?
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It’s important to note that enclosure nets tend to decay over time, so ask the company how often you should expect to replace the net. (Tramposports would probably provide the best nets.)
You may want to buy (or look into buying) a second net at the same time as you’re buying your trampoline.
There are two main reasons it’s important to have the enclosure net attached to the jumping mat. The first reason is that sometimes the foam pad moves when a jumper falls, and limbs can (and have) get caught in the trampoline’s springs.
The second reason is that if the enclosure isn’t properly attached, jumpers can fall sideways and fly off the trampoline completely. This happens when a jumper crashes into the safety net and ends up in the space between the net and the jumping pad – and from there, ends up on the floor (or grass, or concrete).
Like we mentioned earlier, you’ll need to replace the trampoline’s net every few months (or every year, for some brands) due to decay. This decay isn’t always apparent, but it’s usually there. How does it happen? The same way your pants (or your children’s pants) sometimes get torn at the knee. Fabric isn’t perfect, and when you put too much pressure on it, and it’s exposed to the elements too often for too long, it gets weak. One jump with too much velocity – and it can break. It’s happened, and it will happen in the future.
What’s important is to know how long your trampoline net will last, how long the warranty is for – and to replace the net *before* it decays enough to become unsafe.
What about assembly?
All trampolines come with assembly instructions. Be sure to read them first, and only then attempt to assemble the trampoline. Some of the trampolines are difficult to assemble and require more than one person.
Often, one mistake will mean you have to take the nearly-completed trampoline apart and start again from the beginning. It’s not worth it. Read the instructions first.
Also, you can Google your model and see if anyone has put up a video on how to assemble it.
What do I do if it rains or snows? And will too much sun ruin my trampoline?
Some trampolines come with rain covers, so if yours comes with one – buy it. Also, if you’ve bought from a company which does not sell rain covers, it may be worth looking at other companies’ sites to see if they sell a rain cover which will fit your trampoline.
Regardless, it’s probably a good idea to bring your trampoline indoors (or take it apart) when it snows. Some trampolines can handle snow, obviously, but the constant moisture may cause joints to rust – and jumping in so many layers isn’t that safe, anyways.
And while trampolines are made to withstand the elements for some time, it’s probably a good idea to do a check every now and then to make sure nothing needs replacing. If possible, try to keep your trampoline out of direct sunlight (under a tree, for example).
Also check the material: Some trampolines are made of more weather-resistant materials than others. You’ll want to research which fabrics will do best in your local climate.
How do I care for my trampoline?
Please check your trampoline’s user manual or the manufacturing company’s website for care instructions.
Trampolines can provide hundreds of hours of good, healthy fun and exercise, for both children and adults. And each parent should have the right to choose the trampoline that’s best for them.
Have fun, and remember: Only one person jumps at a time. No matter what the weight limit is.
Otherwise, you run the risk of jumpers bumping into or landing on each other – or worse, one jumper accidentally pushing the other into a pole or spring.